Mike Ashley was at Wembley yesterday when it looked like Newcastle were going to get a draw in the game against Tottenham.
But a late Dubravka error after 83 minutes allowed South Korean International Son to score and we lost the game 1-0.
But our lads defended like their lives depended on it so no complaints at all about the attitude and commitment of our players; in fact, it’s always a joy to watch them be so committed for the shirt.
But we still need the points with Cardiff beating Bournemouth 2-0 yesterday and gaining 3 points on us.
Newcastle were better on the counter-attack and had some chances and Rondon hit the post with a great header in the second half.
Rafa Benitez gesticulates on the touchline at Wembley yesterday
The Mirror is reporting today that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley feels like Rafa Benitez should now sign a new deal to stay at Newcastle.
But Rafa will still need some changes made at Newcastle before he signs.
The way we do transfers has to change drastically.
We need to be much quicker in our dealings for new players and bring them in much earlier in the transfer window.
And Rafa wants more authority on which players can come into the club – and they need to include older players if that’s what the boss deems necessary.
For Rafa to sign a new deal, Mike Ashley must loosen his grip on transfers and spend more money on players.
Ashley seems to expect the £20.5M signing of Miguel Almiron last Thursday to be the reason why Rafa will now sign a new long term deal to stay at Newcastle.
While we hope that’s what happens, Rafa still wants things changed at the club, and we don’t want Ashley to keep up his miserly ways.
But that’s what may happen.
The report is that Ashley wants Rafa to commit to Newcastle in the next six weeks.
The deal with Almiron was a catch 22 – Rafa wouldn’t commit his future until Ashley showed he is willing to spend big money on good players.
Ashley didn’t want to spend big money until he got an assurance from Rafa that he would stay long term at the club.
Ashley will offer Rafa a three-year deal and promises that he will fund Rafa in the coming summer transfer window.
The deal will also include lucrative bonuses for Rafa if he is successful with Newcastle.
That may not be enough for Rafa, but he’s certainly a lot happier now than a week ago at this time after we had lost to Watford.
We’ll see what happens, but from Rafa’s viewpoint, only a three-year deal rather than the five-year deal offered last summer makes more sense because Ashley is still the owner.
The biggest block to Rafa signing is the owner himself.
The last three years have been trying for the manager – because of Ashley’s intransigence, frugality, and general stubbornness.
And remember – a leopard can’t change its spots.